True freedom comes at a cost. Honorable men and women throughout history, US and beyond, have given their lives so others could live free. The call and need for such sacrifice exists no less today than ever. In fact, a tweet I received today got me thinking. It challenged my respect for our service men and women, or more directly the nobility of the causes for which they sacrificed. Do I believe that every battle ever fought under the American flag, or any other for that matter, was noble? Unlikely.
So I guess the real question is, as I asked my tweet challenger, for what noble cause will you lay down your life?
As a follower of Jesus, I follow the One who demonstrated His commitment to true freedom by laying down His life for us all.
I don't know if I will ever be called to the ultimate sacrifice of my life. In the meantime, I have committed the life invested in my first novel to providing the freedom to drink clean water to those around the world who currently don't have that freedom. Second, I am committed to investing my life writing another novel for those currently in the slavery of human trafficking. This is both the focus of the story I’m writing and the destination of any proceeds God chooses to bless it with.
Now it’s your turn: For what noble cause are you willing to lay down your life?